If you or someone you love has suffered from the side effects of Avandia, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Avandia injury lawyers are offering free case evaluations to those who have noticed harmful side effects while taking Avandia.
GlaxoSmithKline originally introduced Avandia in 1999. Within 9 years, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) advised against the use of Avandia, and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes shared this view. Even with these developments, an estimated 10,000 prescriptions are written for Avandia every day in the United States alone. Our experienced Avandia lawyers hold that this drug has the potential to seriously injure or kill innocent people with it’s harmful side effects.
Our Avandia lawyers are currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of people suffering liver damage as a result of using the drug. Avandia-induced liver failure caused the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to petition the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to remove the drug from the marketplace in 2008.
Public Citizen cited 14 cases of Avandia-induced liver failure, which resulted in 12 deaths. Further, Public Citizen noted that potential liver failure is just one of many other problems associated with Avandia. In a press release, they stated that Avandia increases risk of heart attack by approximately 40 percent, while doubling the risk of heart failure. They also found that Avandia increases many other serious conditions such as increasing risk of bone fractures, anemia, and vision loss. The vision loss associated with Avandia is due to a condition termed macular edema, which is an accumulation of fluid in the eye that causes the retina to swell.
The experienced Avandia attorneys at our firm are also offering free case evaluations to victims of Avandia-induced heart attacks and heart failure. A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine in May of 2007 showed that patients taking Avandia had a 43 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack. The study resulted in many calling for Avandia to be recalled at that time.
In June 2007, a congressional hearing revealed that the Glaxo company and the FDA new about the cardiac risks as early as 2005. In August of 2007, the FDA finally approved a black box warning (the agency’s strictest safety notice) about Avandia’s link to heart failure and heart attacks.
Avandia is dangerous, and our injury lawyers are committed to making sure that GlaxoSmithKline is held responsible for the suffering their lack of testing has caused. If you or someone you love has suffered harmful side effects from taking Avandia, including heart problems, vision problems or bone fractures, please contact our qualified Avandia lawyers today for a free case evaluation.